In a constantly changing world in which students have access to media, invariably a difficult topic—such as a violent incident or situation involving racism—will come up in classroom conversation. Sometimes these conversations are planned, and sometimes they crop up spontaneously. Rather than shying away from such discussions, teachers may want to give students—particularly older ones—an opportunity to express their thoughts and feelings.
The following are seven tips for tackling touchy subjects in class.
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Article by Ted Glanzer, EducationWorld Contributor
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